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Magdalena Gaj

On 27 January 2012, the Polish Parliament appointed Magdalena Gaj as the President of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE). Magdalena Gaj is a licensed legal adviser / legal counsel and expert in telecommunications law. Since 2001, she has worked on telecommunication issues, regulation and law.
In 1998, she graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Between 1998-2001, she completed her post-graduate legal training and became a qualified legal adviser. At that time she worked for the legal chancellery. In 2001, she started her career as a lawyer in the Office of Telecommunications Regulation. From 2006 to 2009, she worked as Director of the Legal Department. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Infrastructure, where she was responsible for telecom and postal issues.
Her work has focused on amendments to bring Polish law into compliance with European law, and on introducing provisions which facilitate the development of telecommunications services and consumer protection. The switchover process to digital terrestrial television has been among her priorities. Under her leadership the Plan for Digital TV Implementation in Poland, and subsequently the Act on digital terrestrial TV implementation were prepared and adopted by the Council of Ministers. Thanks to Magdalena Gaj’s efforts, Poland become a member of the ITU Council. During the Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union she was in charge of the Council work in the field of telecommunications. The team led by her negotiated with the European Parliament a compromise version of the first Radio Spectrum Policy Programme which harmonizes the frequencies in the 800 MHz band on the EU-wide scale for the purposes of electronic communications services and broadband Internet access. In November 2011, Magdalena Gaj became Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation.

 

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